Search Images Maps Play YouTube News Gmail Drive More »
Sign in
Screen reader users: click this link for accessible mode. Accessible mode has the same essential features but works better with your reader.

Patents

  1. Advanced Patent Search
Publication numberUS5642528 A
Publication typeGrant
Application numberUS 08/550,010
Publication dateJul 1, 1997
Filing dateOct 30, 1995
Priority dateOct 30, 1995
Fee statusLapsed
Publication number08550010, 550010, US 5642528 A, US 5642528A, US-A-5642528, US5642528 A, US5642528A
InventorsHelen A. Dering
Original AssigneeDering; Helen A.
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Protective face covering
US 5642528 A
Abstract
A hair spray screen includes a semi-circular spring headband, a flexible transparent protective sheet extending downwardly from the headband, and a separate semi-circular spring neckband. To use, the headband is clipped around a user's forehead, so that the protective sheet is draped over the user's face and neck. The neckband is clipped around the neck over the sheet to secure the lower portion of the sheet. When worn, the hair spray screen protects the user from hair spray and other airborne substances commonly used at home and in beauty salons. It is easy to don and remove. It frees both hands of the user when worn, and it does not disturb the user's hairdo. It is also collapsible for transportation.
Images(1)
Previous page
Next page
Claims(1)
I claim:
1. A flexible transparent contoured plastic face screen assembly for the protection of the face, ears and neck of a user from hair spray and other airborne substances, said plastic face screen assembly comprising:
(a) a semi-circular spring headband of plastic or metal composition for being slipped around a wearer's forehead at the wearer's hairline,
(b) a flexible transparent rectangular sheet of plastic material extending downwardly from said headband substantially proportioned to cover a user's face, ears and neck without disturbing the hairdo of a user,
(c) the face screen further including a hem arranged along a top edge of the sheet for insertion of said semi-circular spring headband, and
(d) a separate unattached semi-circular spring neckband for securing a lower portion of said draped rectangular sheet around the neck of a user.
Description
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention

This invention relates generally to face masks, specifically to a flexible transparent plastic screen for protecting a user's face, ears, and neck from hair spray.

2. Prior Art

People applying hair spray can easily get unwelcome, unpleasant, and sometimes harmful hair spray on their faces, hands, and into their eyes and ears. Therefore, many try to shield these areas with a hand, a towel, or other protective covering, and spray with the other hand. After spraying one half of the hairdo, they would switch hands to spray the other half. However, a hand is not large enough to make an effective shield. A larger, hand-held shield may also be ineffective, because it may not always be positioned correctly, especially when it must not block one's view.

Several proposed face masks or shields can be used for protecting a user's face from hair spray. U.S. Pat. Nos. 3,206,760 to Santala (1963); 3,317,921 to Zarzour (1964); 3,602,913 to Neese (1971); and 3,963,034 to Runberg et al. (1976) show rigid hair spray shields that are held up to a user's face with one hand. However, they are inconvenient because they must be held with one hand, so that a user may have to switch the shield and the spray can between the two hands to spray both halves of the hairdo. U.S. Pat. Nos. 4,428,079 to McKee (1984); 4,825,878 to Kuntz et al. (1989); 4,852,186 to Landis (1989); 4,864,653 to Landis (1989); 4,884,296 to Nix, Jr. (1989); and 4,944,312 to Smith (1990) show face masks or shields that are attached to the head with straps that completely encircle the head. However, the straps will substantially distort the hairdo, so that after hair spray is applied, the hair is fixed in the distorted shape.

OBJECTS OF THE INVENTION

Accordingly the primary object of the present invention is to provide a hair spray screen that protects a user's face, ears, and neck from hair spray.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a hair spray screen that frees both hands of the user.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a hair spray screen that does not disturb the user's hairdo.

Yet another object of the present invention is to provide a hair spray screen that is easy to don and remove.

Still another object of the present invention is to provide a hair spray screen that is collapsible for transportation.

Further objects of the present invention will become apparent from a consideration of the drawings and ensuing description.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

A hair spray screen includes a semi-circular spring headband for being clipped around a user's forehead, a flexible transparent protective sheet extending downwardly from the headband to cover the user's face and neck, and a separate semi-circular spring neckband for securing a lower portion of the sheet to the user's neck.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a front perspective view of a hair spray screen in accordance with a preferred embodiment of the invention.

FIG. 2 is a front perspective view of the hair spray screen worn on a user.

______________________________________Drawing Reference Numerals______________________________________10. Hair Spray Screen           11. Transparent Protective Sheet12. Hem         13. Headband14. Neckband______________________________________
DESCRIPTION--FIG. 1

In accordance with a preferred embodiment of the invention shown in the front perspective view in FIG. 1, a hair spray screen 10 includes a flexible transparent protective sheet 11, a hem 12 arranged along a top edge of sheet 11, a semi-circular spring headband 13 inserted through hem 12, and a separate neckband 14. Headband 13 and neckband 14 may be made ofany suitable flexible material, including plastic and steel. Sheet 11 may be made of plastic or any other suitable material.

DESCRIPTION--FIG. 2

To use hair spray screen 10, headband 13 is clipped around a user's forehead, at the hairline, so that protective sheet 11 is draped over the user's face. The ends (not shown) of headband 13 are slipped under the hair on either side of the forehead. Protective sheet 11 is sized so that it substantially covers the exposed skin on the head, including the ears, and also the front and sides of the neck. Neckband 14 is worn around the neck over protective sheet 11 to secure the lower portion of the sheet.

Hair spray screen 10 thus protects the user's face, ears, and neck from hair spray and other liquid beauty products used at home and in beauty salons. It can also be used in a shower to protect the user's makeup. It does not completely encircle the head, so that it does not disturb the user's hairdo. Transparent protective sheet 11 allows a user to see what she is doing. Sheet 11 can be easily cleaned when soiled, so that hair spray screen 10 can be reused over and over again. Hair spray screen 10 isalso simple enough to be produced and used as an inexpensive disposable item.

SUMMARY, RAMIFICATIONS AND SCOPE

Accordingly, I have provided a hair spray screen that protects a user's face, ears, and neck from hair spray and other airborne substances. It is easy to don and remove. It frees both hands of the user when worn. It doesnot disturb the user's hairdo, and it is collapsible for transportation.

Although the above descriptions are specific, they should not be consideredas limitations on the scope of the invention, but only as examples of the embodiments. Many other ramifications and variations are possible within the teachings of the invention. For example, the protective sheet can be attached to the headband by being cemented or welded thereto. The neckbandcan be permanently attached to the sheet. Most of the sheet can be opaque or patterned, except for a transparent strip across the eyes. The sheet can include side extensions at its lower end for wrapping completely around the neck, or it can be extended down further to cover the shoulders. The sheet can be shaped to follow the contour of the face. The flexible sheet can be replaced with a less flexible but more durable panel. Therefore, the scope of the invention should be determined by the appended claims and their legal equivalents, not by the examples given.

Patent Citations
Cited PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US3206760 *Nov 22, 1963Sep 21, 1965Doris W SantalaSpray protector
US3317921 *Jun 11, 1964May 9, 1967Zarzour Suzy AHair spray shield
US3602913 *Jul 22, 1969Sep 7, 1971Neese Doris FFacial protection for hair spray
US3828366 *Mar 20, 1972Aug 13, 1974Conrad VProtective face mask
US3963034 *Jan 31, 1975Jun 15, 1976Runberg Richard KMake up guard
US4428079 *Apr 18, 1983Jan 31, 1984Mckee Glenda DProtective transparent face and neck shield
US4825878 *Dec 28, 1987May 2, 1989Kuntz David HLight-weight disposable protective face shield
US4852186 *Aug 8, 1988Aug 1, 1989Landis Timothy JCombined visor and protective shield
US4864653 *May 16, 1988Sep 12, 1989Landis Timothy JProtective shield and visor supporting same
US4884296 *Nov 23, 1988Dec 5, 1989Delta Medical Systems, Inc.Protective face shield
US4944312 *Sep 11, 1989Jul 31, 1990Smith B StewartDisposable face shield
Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US5865196 *Apr 29, 1998Feb 2, 1999Foote; Mary L.Hair stylist face shield
US5887357 *Jan 28, 1998Mar 30, 1999Mcnair; WandaShield for use with hooded hair dryer
US6003524 *Jun 23, 1998Dec 21, 1999Gravelle; Irene T.Hair spray shield
US8544112 *Apr 12, 2011Oct 1, 2013Nigel GosineGuard and method of protecting food from germs and contamination
US20120260389 *Apr 12, 2011Oct 18, 2012Nigel GosineGuard and method of protecting food from germs and contamination
USD734538 *Jan 16, 2014Jul 14, 2015Bohdan SybydloHairspray face shield
WO2012094536A2 *Jan 5, 2012Jul 12, 2012Pugh ChevisProtective headwear
WO2012094536A3 *Jan 5, 2012Oct 26, 2012Pugh ChevisProtective headwear
Classifications
U.S. Classification2/174, 2/9, 2/206, 132/319
International ClassificationA45D44/12, A61F9/02
Cooperative ClassificationA45D44/12, A61F9/022, A61F9/02, A61F9/027, A61F9/029
European ClassificationA61F9/02, A61F9/02F, A45D44/12
Legal Events
DateCodeEventDescription
Dec 28, 2000FPAYFee payment
Year of fee payment: 4
Jan 19, 2005REMIMaintenance fee reminder mailed
Jan 26, 2005REMIMaintenance fee reminder mailed
Feb 1, 2005FPAYFee payment
Year of fee payment: 8
Feb 1, 2005SULPSurcharge for late payment
Year of fee payment: 7
Jan 5, 2009REMIMaintenance fee reminder mailed
Jul 1, 2009LAPSLapse for failure to pay maintenance fees
Aug 18, 2009FPExpired due to failure to pay maintenance fee
Effective date: 20090701